The nausea and general misery associated with morning sickness is without a doubt one of the most challenging parts of pregnancy.
But while many have been led to believe that this is just one of those unavoidable factors that go hand-in-hand with being pregnant, the reality is that there are quite a few things within your control that can either reduce or completely eliminate the symptoms of morning sickness.
WHY MORNING SICKNESS?
To resolve the problem of morning sickness, you first have to understand the cause behind it.
Nausea and vomiting during pregnancy are most often caused by one of two things:
Either your liver has become overburdened from metabolizing Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG – the same stuff used in the current HCG diet fad, and the hormone responsible for the “positive” result in a pregnancy test), OR…
You may have low blood sugar, a condition that is easily remedied.
Consequently, your strategy for reducing the impact of this nausea on your life is to provide your body with adequate liver support, and to ensure that your blood sugar does not dip too low.
TIPS FOR REDUCING NAUSEA DURING PREGNANCY
Here are a number things that you can do to reduce your nausea and vomiting, and perhaps eliminate morning sickness altogether:
Avoid an empty stomach by nibbling on crackers or fruit every 15 minutes.
Take red raspberry leaf tea and Yellow Dock decoction (8 oz. 3-4x per day) or in capsule form (5-15 capsules daily). If that doesn’t help, drink raspberry leaf tea from a large water bottle throughout the day to keep it in the bloodstream.
Take lavender, clove, peppermint, and lemon in tea, capsule, or essential oil forms.
Eat a snack right before bed and during the night to prevent your blood sugar from dropping in morning.
Sit up for half an hour upon rising in the morning. Drink juice and eat toast. Get out of bed slowly.
Eat a high protein and carb diet. Include foods such as toast, honey, bananas, potatoes, grains, soups, pastas and vegetables.
Take ginger available in a variety of forms. Ginger may be used in candied (find at health stores), capsule (5-15 per day), or tea (24-32 oz. per day) forms. For tea, boil sliced ginger in water for 10 minutes and strain, and then sweeten with honey or agave.
Ensure that you are getting an adequate supply of B Vitamins.
Take a break from synthetic iron pills which often cause nausea and supplement with iron rich foods (leafy green vegetables, chlorophyll, alfalfa, brewer’s yeast, black strap molasses, Vitamin C, spirulina, beets) or yellow dock decoction.
Switch water sources as contaminants in tap water such as lead, chlorine, cyst bacteria, e. coli, organic and inorganic matter are toxic and rob nutrients from your b
ody and your baby. You may consider investing in a reverse osmosis drinking system or buying bottled water from a reputable company.
Wear anti-nausea wrist band called Sea Bands, available at most variety stores.
Eliminate milk, meat and fried foods for a while as they are the most difficult foods to digest. Acquire nutrients and protein intake through other sources.
Visit a massage therapist or acupuncturist.
Take a warm bath or place a heating pad or hot rice sock on your stomach. Rice socks are made by putting rice in a cotton sock, tying a knot in the end and heating in the sock in the microwave for 1-2 minutes.
Any one or a combination of these tips might have a significant positive impact on your morning sickness, so experiment to see what works best for you.